Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are facing an uphill struggle to secure the services of Marco Reus this summer after Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc reiterated the club has no plans to sell the midfielder.
The London Metro reports how the Germany international has attracted admiring glances from a host of Premier League clubs this transfer window, but is still regarded by the Bundesliga giants as an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's first-team.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has been credited with an interest in bringing the player to north London, and is believed to be considering a bid of £19.8 million for the 25-year-old.
Louis van Gaal and Brendan Rodgers have also both been mooted as fans of the attacking midfield star, who missed the World Cup in Brazil after suffering an injury on the eve of the tournament.
However, any prospect of Reus moving to the Emirates, Old Trafford or Anfield looks slim after Zorc made clear the position that Dortmund are taking regarding the player's future at the Westfalenstadion.
Michael Zorc quotes:
"[We will] definitely try to keep him long term," he told Sport1. "Marco is not only a hugely important player for us because of his athletic performance, but also in his role as a poster boy.
"He is Dortmund-born and a figurehead for this club."
One possible factor that could play into the hands of Manchester United, Arsenal or Liverpool is the allegation that Reus has a €25 million buyout clause written into his current contract.
Reus buyout clause?
The claim was made by Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz-Rummenigge, when he was quoted by German newspaper Bild on Wednesday. The legitimacy of the claim is unclear but if it is the case that Reus is free to leave for that sum then it could pose a problem for Dortmund.
Failure for them to negotiate a new deal with the player could prompt one of his suitors to make a bid before the transfer window closes, leaving the German club powerless to prevent him from entering talks over a transfer to England.
Dortmund's chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke intimated earlier this week that the club were in talks with Reus over extending his stay with the club, which would presumably result in a revised buyout clause much bigger than the one currently installed.